One compliment I often receive is oddly enough to do with my eyebrows. Random right? Since starting blogging and using other forms of social media I’ve had inquiries about how I do my eyebrows and get them to look they way they do. I am finally going to share how I get my eyebrows on point… or so my friend Tairalyn says.
I started filling in my eyebrows when my best friend in high school mentioned how it would help frame my face better. While my eyebrows are not very light in colour, they are some what sparse. Over plucking did it’s damage. You kind of have to think of eyebrows as being the picture frame for your eyes. It is an area that many often don’t think to use makeup there, and neglect it in their beauty routines. Filling in your eyebrows and shaping them in different ways can change your face shape, and the look you may be going for with makeup. I often won’t leave home without my eyebrows filled in. If I’ve only got 5 minutes, it’s brows, some blush, and a bit of mascara and out the door I go.
I always start with my face primed and ready with my foundation if I am wearing some that day. I also like to apply primer to my eyelid so that it is set for eyeshadow. With the primer it also helps set what I am doing to my eye brows.
Using a angled brow brush I apply the powdered eyeshadow that I have found to be the best match for my brow colour. (This took a couple visits to MAC, and going outsides into the natural light) I apply the shadow lightly to the defined line underneath my brows, and then to the top. Some like to start the top about about 1/4 of the way in and focusing on the last 3/4 of the brow, but I find that my brows are so sparse I focus on the whole brow. You’ll figure out what you like very quickly.
All of the shadow should be applied very lightly. You do not want to be heavy handed for fear of looking like you took a sharpie and drew on your eyebrows with that. I take my time concentrating on the tail end of my eyebrows, and fill in the inside of my brows with what pigment of the shadow is left on the brush.
Once both brows have been filled with shadow I use my lash brush to pull the shadow all the way through. This helps fill in any gaps, and to take off any excess. If I want a crisper line to my brows I will go back with an triangular foundation sponge and a bit of my foundation on it to clean up the edges of my brows.
And that is it! It does take a bit of practice to get used to filling in your brows, and getting them even. Practice! Practice! Practice! I also strongly suggest going and treating yourself to having your eyebrows threaded. It’s my preferred method for having my eyebrows shaped and cleaned up. I also recommend going to a place like MAC and asking for help with finding the right shadow for you. The staff there have always been great when I have makeup questions, even going above and beyond when they will sit me down and show me on one side, and make me try on the other. Never be afraid to ask for help when trying something new with makeup. A good time to play around with a new makeup look is right before you have a shower… this way if it turns out a hot mess, you can just wash the makeup off and try again another time.
What part of your beauty routine would you not leave home without doing? Do you fill your brows? If so… what products do you use… any suggestions for me?